Mara Ponds Retreat

Bay of Fires

Heritage region: Branxholm was settled in the 1860s by James Reid Scott, who named it after a small village in his native Scotland. With the discovery of tin, the town grew; its products later became timber and hops.

Trail of the Tin Dragon: Local tourism operators from Tin Dragon Trail Cottages have developed a walk through an original Chinese alluvial mine site. Here a brief history of Henry Ah Ping and the Chinese miners of Branxholm is presented on posters at the start of a 15 minute circuit walk. Henry Ah Ping's walk is an easy 2km walk taking the visitor along the Ormuz/Arba water race to an historic alluvial tin mine site. Read more about heritage walks

Walking tracks: At 90 metres, Ralph Falls is Tasmania’s tallest single-drop waterfall. Cash’s Gorge is a beautiful but relaxed walk of 40 minutes. Nearby Cuckoo Falls is a 30-metre drop within pure rainforest. Mount Stronach Walking Track is a 2.5 hour trek with wonderful views from the summit. Mt William National Park offers long walks on empty beaches and a variety of coastal wildflowers. Bridport walking Track links the fabulous North East beaches, wild flower reserve, grasslands, ancient forests and the Brid River to give you a single accessible yet unique walking experience (class 3 track, 4.7 km).

World famous golf courses: Barnbougle and Lost Farm, as well as local courses, such as picturesque Moorina, Ringarooma, Scottsdale, Bridport and St Helens. Other sporting activities: Fishing, boating, diving, mountain biking.

Beaches: Tasmania’s best beaches with pure white sands and vast expanses. Highlights are Bay of Fires, Musselroe Beach. Fossicking North east Tasmania is renowned for gemstones and precious metal, such as opals, diamonds, sapphires, topaz, garnets, agates, jasper, beryl, chalcedony, rock crystal, amethyst, tin and gold. Treetops Adventure: Glide across the treetops in the forest canopy for a bird’s eye view. Other local destinations: Pyngana cheese factory, lavender farms, Legerwood memorial wood carvings. Delightful Tasmanian local produce: Branxholm is renowned for hops, potatoes, and timber. Other local produce include poppies, and a vast selection of fruit and vegetables, ranging from red and black currants, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries to all sorts of table produce, such as onions, beans, corn, etc. Dairy farming and cheese making, wine trails, gourmet produce such as jams, chutneys special breads and delicacies. Artists and writers haven: Perfect environment to unwind and release into verdant creativity.

For more information: see North East Tasmania Tourism (NETT) web page or Face Book.

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